Ottawa moves to ban single-use plastics as part of waste-reduction efforts – The Globe and Mail- submitted by Milan Sanader

The approach is a response to growing anxiety about plastic pollution and is also an acknowledgment that household recycling has not kept pace with the rapid spread of cheap consumer packaging discarded after a single use Continue reading

Plastics 101 | National Geographic

Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives. Continue reading

The Great Pacific Garage Patch Cleanup – Innovative Technology

This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific.  The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading

What makes blue-green algae dangerous?—Speaking of Chemistry

Pond scum is usually just a nuisance, but it can become dangerous. Check out the chemistry behind these harmful algal blooms. And don’t forget to subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions
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When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae (which are actually blue-green bacteria) can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment. In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, with help from SOC’s structure-drawing extraordinaire, Lauren Wolf.

Check out the story behind this video: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i12/Sc…